Madison Metropolitan School District Resolution
to Address Global warming through clean energy
WHEREAS, the cities of Madison and Fitchburg, the County of Dane and other communities within the Madison Metropolitan School District service area have passed various resolutions and set goals in support of mitigating climate change; and
WHEREAS, students, faculty, administrators, and board members in the District have also expressed their support for an active role by the District in mitigating climate change; and
WHEREAS, increased energy efficiency in District buildings, and the increased use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, will not only increase the environmental sustainability of the District, but could be economically beneficial to the District;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the District build into the 2019 Long Range Facility Plan consideration for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to begin as soon as possible;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the District Building Services Department would continue to devote staff time to develop and implement a plan to meet this goal;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the District identify grants and other external funding resources to assist in our efforts to install solar panels and implement major energy efficiency improvements beginning in 2019; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the District develop a strategy and timetable for additional energy efficiency and renewable energy projects based on the recommendations and use of area subject matter experts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the District Board establishes goals to meet 50 percent of all District operations energy needs with renewable energy by 2030, 75 percent by 2035, and 100 percent by 2040.
9 reasons why the madison community stands to benefit from a 100% RENEWABLE MMSD resolution
Solidarity - Dane County and the City of Madison (as well as Madison’s neighbors, including the City of Middleton) have already established 100% renewable energy resolutions and have begun to identify paths towards climate action. It only makes sense for MMSD, a subset of these entities, to pursue similar goals in solidarity.
Economics - MMSD recently released a report indicating that a 2020 referendum might cost upwards of $30-70 million in renovations per high school. This proposal would cost a fraction of that sum. In fact, this resolution would actually help reduce MMSD’s electricity bill, saving taxpayers money in the long-term and allowing the district to re-allocate funds to more directly improving student learning outcomes.
Education - Successful implementation of the goals outlined in the resolution would provide unparalleled hands-on learning opportunities for students, especially given a growing clean energy job sector.
Environment - MMSD has an obligation to be an environmental leader in Madison as one of the largest organizations in one of the most progressive cities in the nation. Recent reports, such as the Fourth National Climate Assessment, further highlight this need for immediate action to combat climate change.
Youth - Students will be disproportionately affected by the consequences of climate change. Schools therefore represent the ground zero of environmental action. MMSD’s commitment to a 100% renewable future would affirm its commitment towards its students.
Leadership - Establishing this resolution that students helped put together would demonstrate MMSD’s recognition of the importance of students taking initiative to make a tangible impact in their communities.
Location - Schools, with their large, flat roofs, are a great location to install renewable energy systems, especially since many homes in Madison are shaded.
Social - Schools are, perhaps, the prime location to install clean energy projects as they are highly visible to the general public. Pursuing this resolution would create a positive social impact in Madison regarding the importance and viability of clean energy.
Awareness - The process of establishing this resolution will generate awareness of pressing environmental issues facing Madison and foster discussion about what steps the Madison community should take to better prepare for climate change impacts.
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Is this goal realistic? Yes. Read on for more information.